The LSH Alternative to a traditional hysterectomy
McLaren Central Michigan and the physicians of the Women's Medical Center offer Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH).
Unlike the traditional hysterectomy which requires a large abdominal incision and long recovery time (about four weeks), the LSH causes less stress to the body, reduces pain, has minimal scarring and a much shorter recovery time (about one week).
The LSH procedure uses a thin, lighted telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope, which acts like a video camera, along with small surgical instruments that are all inserted through three to four tiny incisions in the navel and abdomen. Using the instruments, the surgeon carefully separates the uterus from the cervix and removes it through one of the openings. The cervix, the bottom part of the uterus, is left intact. Because this type of surgery does not require the surgeon to make a large abdominal incision, a woman will not have the same kind of visible scar typical with most traditional "open" surgeries.
"LSH was the way to go."
Mt. Pleasant resident and a retired school principal Pam Sroufe was very happy with her decision to have a Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH).
"LSH was the way to go," shared Pam. "There were no complications and I was home in under 24 hours. I only missed a week of work and after about a month, I felt completely back to normal. I was even going on walks during the week of my recovery."
Not only was the surgery less invasive, but the experience at McLaren Central Michigan also impressed Pam.
"From the moment I checked in before my procedure to my recovery afterwards, the staff at McLaren Central Michigan was incredible, " said Pam. "The volunteer at the surgical desk was great and the nurses in surgery really added the human connection. I felt like I was a person. In fact, the nurses were cheering for me after it was over. Staff members came over to talk with me as they took my blood pressure and temperature, and the chit-chat was always appropriate."
"I felt like my life wasn't interrupted at all," said Pam.